January 26, 1997 |
Robyn Hitchcock, whose offbeat music has made him a critics' darling and cult favorite, is good-natured about his lack of mainstream success. "I basically play for intellectuals, hippies, dissidents and perverts," the English singer-songwriter says. Should his self-deprecating wit permit it, though, he can now add one more category to that group: Oscar-winning film directors.
July 18, 1999 |
*** Robyn Hitchcock, "Jewels for Sophia," Warner Bros. Hitchcock is a wise-guy surrealist. His obsessions with the Beatles, sex, death and pop culture haven't always come together into a satisfying musical whole, but "Jewels for Sophia" is his richest, most polished volume yet. He sings here of dark princesses, cheese alarm clocks and Gene Hackman in a voice that is crisp and reedy, fittingly Lennon-esque. Strange, whimsical and memorable.
February 14, 1988 |
* * * ROBYN HITCHCOCK AND THE EGYPTIANS. "Globe of Frogs." A&M. In the tradition of inspired pop eccentrics, British musician Hitchcock writes songs that read as aural snapshots of a strange and exotic landscape that exists nowhere but in his own head. Combining a dazzling command of the English language with an innovative synthesis of disparate musical motifs, Hitchcock is a gifted original who has a good shot at rising above his present cult status.
April 18, 1988 |
Robyn Hitchcock knitted his heavy eyebrows, peered out at the 1,000 or so people at the chilly John Anson Ford Theatre, and explained: "If you want to dance, it's better to just vibrate internally, because this isn't dance music." But the tall, lean Englishman's outdoor concert Friday showed that his melodic, intelligent pop and often bizarre, twisted imagery call for as much a physical response as a cerebral one.
December 8, 1996 |
Film director Jonathan Demme--who's directed Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense" concert film, Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia" video and a half-hour performance film of Neil Young--is now training his cameras on another pop music figure. On Tuesday and Wednesday he'll shoot several concerts by English eccentric Robyn Hitchcock, with plans for a 90-minute feature to be released next fall, accompanied by a soundtrack album.
July 1, 1985 |
Robyn Hitchcock is following in the footsteps of Syd Barrett, right down to having a y in his name where an i should be. Like the legendary founder of Pink Floyd, Hitchcock likes the sparks that fly when demented subject matter is put in pure pop form. With his former group, the Soft Boys, and on his own he's made some records that pull it off.